Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Are Your RootsTech 2024 Expectations?

As February begins, we are only a few short weeks away from RootsTech 2024 and that’s what this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge with Randy Seaver is all about:

1)  Are you going to RootsTech 2024 (29 February to 2 March) in-person in Salt Lake City?  Or are you going to experience RootsTech 2024 virtually, watching online from home as it occurs, or watching it after the event?

2)  What events in Salt Lake City are you looking forward to attending?  What events are you going to watch virtually?  What classes do you want to see from each day?  The RootsTech 2024 schedule – both in-person and online – are available at https://www.familysearch.org/en/rootstech/schedule.  Note that not all of the in-person classes can be viewed online. 

I opted not to apply to be part of the RootsTech 2024 Media Team, in spite of the previous years of serving as an ambassador, because it was clear that the conference focus is pointing back towards in-person attendance. Since I am not especially interested in flying anywhere, I decided last summer that I would be a virtual participant.

I have had a first look at the class sessions and schedule. Originally, I looked at all sessions being offered because I was curious about the differences and decided to add sessions to my Playlist regardless.

When I then looked session by session, I discovered that about 80% of the classes I chose were not only available only in-person, but that none of those I chose were even being recorded.

Since my research skills are pretty advanced and I’m not much into DNA, I always look for sessions that are at least intermediate level and are even more appealing if they are offered for advanced researchers.

RootsTech doesn’t tend to offer a huge number of those level classes and the same seems to be true this year and, during the last 3 or 4 years I’ve become much more selective in which webinars I choose to view.

Here are my first picks:

29 February 2024:

Tear Down That (German Genealogy Brick) Wall by Andrea Bentschneider, 8:00 a.m. MST
Around the World in 60 Minutes: What’s New in the FamilySearch Collections by Katie Poppleton, etc. , 9:30 a.m.
Digging into Finding Aids: The Road Map to Any Manuscript Collection by Mitch Wasden, 1:30 MST
Researching in Ontario: Your Trillium Connection by Judy Nimer Muhn, 3:00 p.m., MST

1 March 2024:

Looking for Dutch Ancestors: The Basics by John Boeren, 8:00 a.m., MST
Google Docs and Google Sheets
by Amy Carpenter, 8:00 a.m., MST (I’ll probably view Google Docs live and then John Boeren’s Dutch talk on demand.)
Tracing Your Marginalised Ancestors in Britain by Janet Few, 1:30 p.m., MST

2 March 2024

How to Work with European Archives and Libraries by Alina Khuda, 8:00 a.m., MST

This short list isn’t all that different than my in-person list usually is because I try to listen to sessions that sound interesting to share with readers even if the class is rated for beginners/intermediates.

My Playlist will grow as I take a second and third look at the choices, but it is disappointing that so many of the in-person classes aren’t being recorded this year.

I am looking forward to the Expo Hall, as I always do. However, last year, the Expo Hall was limited in vendors and I am afraid that some of this year’s vendors will opt out of an online booth.

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Are Your RootsTech 2024 Expectations?”

  1. We have two classes we’ll be in together on Thursday. I found that many classes were about non-US resources, and most of my work is done in southern research.

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